STRANGER THINGS (McFARLANE)
As far as Netflix original product goes, I think Stranger Things caught a lot of people by surprise. Most caught by surprise? Toy makers, who had no idea that this little online show would gather such a demand for product. Funko were the first on the scene, by virtue of picking up every license under the sun, but McFarlane Toys has been pretty quick with their follow up. They’re moving at a slightly slower pace than Funko, but producing a slightly higher-end product. I’ll be taking a look at their first version of central character Eleven today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Eleven is one of the two figures (three of you count the deluxe Demogorgon) in the first series of McFarlane’s Stranger Things line. This is a Season 1 Eleven, specifically depicting her after she’s taken in by the boys. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 18 points of articulation. The articulation on Eleven is a bit more restricted than Handsome Jack, mostly in regards to the hips, which are just swivel cuts here. It makes her a little hard to keep standing, but ultimately she’s still pretty mobile. Eleven’s sculpt is generally pretty solid. The body has fairly realistic proportions, and the texture work and depth on her clothing is decent. I particularly like the work on the shoes, right down to the slight disheveled nature of the laces. I think some areas, the skirt of her dress in particular, do end up a touch soft, but it’s not awful. I’d also prefer if said skirt piece had been made from a softer material, as well, since the thick hard plastic sort of looks off. There’s even a clear cut at the waist where the new material could have been swapped in. Her head sports an okay likeness of Millie Bobby Brown, but not quite a spot-on one. There’s just something slightly odd about it. I think her face may be too wide. It certainly looks better from some angles than from others, though, and if you can get the head into a good downward tilted death-glare sort of look, I think the likeness greatly improves. In terms of paintwork, this figure definitely has its plusses and minuses. The face is pretty decent, especially the eyes and mouth, which are pretty lifelike. However, the decision to go for the bloodied nose look seems a little strange, especially if there’s no alternate head or anything. As far as the clothing, the wash on the jacket and the shoes looks good, and adds some necessary wear to them. That said, the same effect doesn’t work so well on the skirt, which just looks like someone smeared spaghetti sauce along the bottom of it. I think a cleaner look for that particular article of clothing probably would have looked better. Eleven is packed with a wig, an Eggo waffle, a radio (with an extra hand to hold it), and a display stand. Not a bad assortment of extras at all. The wig sits a lot better than I’d expected it to, though it just makes the issue of the permanent stream of blood from the nose even more prominent. The waffle is fun, but I don’t know that we ever see her with just a single waffle; I think the box would have hold the idea a bit better. The radio’s an important piece, and I’m glad that got included. The stand is also important, since, as noted above, she can have a little difficulty standing on her own.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Eleven marks my first reader requested review. Hubert, a FiQ-fan from over in Poland, contacted me a little while back asking if I might be taking a look at any of these guys. I like the show and knew I’d pick up some of the figures at some point, but I hadn’t made up my mind as to whether I wanted to try Funko or McFarlane’s line. After picking up Handsome Jack and being a real fan of that figure, I ended up coming across both Eleven and Hopper at Target, so I figured I’d be a nice reviewer and give them a chance. There are some definite flaws with Eleven, but I generally like her, and I’m happy I grabbed her. Thanks for the suggestion Hubert!